Sixers Tease New Uniforms for Next Season

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It’s not just a youth movement where only one player who has logged minutes this year was born before 1988. It’s not just a new in-arena presentation. It’s not just a new mascot, Franklin the dog. The Sixers’ rebuild will soon also include new uniforms.

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La Salle Knocks Off VCU, the 20th-Ranked Team in Country

La Salle Explorers guard Jordan Price (21) shoots the ball as Virginia Commonwealth Rams guard Jordan Burgess (20) defends in the second half at Stuart Siegel Center. The Explorers won 74-69 in double overtime.

La Salle Explorers guard Jordan Price (21) shoots the ball as Virginia Commonwealth Rams guard Jordan Burgess (20) defends in the second half at Stuart Siegel Center. The Explorers won 74-69 in double overtime.

La Salle took advantage of a depleted VCU squad, and upset the Rams on the road in double overtime. Jordan Price led the Explorers with 36 points, including all of the Explorers’ 12 points in the second OT.

It was just the Rams’ third loss in their last 32 home games.

La Salle was helped by the fact that VCU was missing two starters: Briante Weber suffered a season-ending knee injury late last month. Treveon Graham was expected to carry the load, but he is still dealing with a high ankle sprain. Read more »

Sixers Finally Introduce New Mascot, Franklin the Dog

An Action News cameraman films Tim McDermott, chief marketing and innovation officer for the Sixers, and new mascot Franklin as they prepare for a TV interview (Photo: Dan McQuade)

An Action News cameraman films Tim McDermott, chief marketing and innovation officer for the Sixers, and new mascot Franklin as they prepare for a TV interview (Photo | Dan McQuade)

It looked like he was going to miss.

Franklin, the new Sixers mascot, had shown off his dance moves, and now he was preparing for his big moment. The Sixers’ Flight Squad, a team of dunkers/cheerleaders for the team, had already dunked on a hoop set up in the Franklin Institute. Now it was Franklin’s turn. He grabbed a ball, sprinted toward the basket and bounced off a trampoline.

And he almost missed. He seemed to hang in the air forever. Fortunately, Franklin was able to stretch and put the ball into the net with a last gasp effort, avoiding a complete embarrassment. He was more successful on a second dunk attempt, though he kind of collided with the rim.

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March Madness Preview: Villanova Is a Title Contender; Can Temple Reach Tourney, Too?

Villanova Wildcats guard Darrun Hilliard II (4) and guard Josh Hart (3) celebrate after defeating the Marquette Golden Eagles 70-52 during the second half at Wells Fargo Center.

Villanova Wildcats guard Darrun Hilliard II (4) and guard Josh Hart (3) celebrate after defeating the Marquette Golden Eagles 70-52 during the second half at Wells Fargo Center on February 4th.

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Villanova is a national title contender this year.

Right: Villanova does not have the best recent NCAA tournament history. They’ve been to the tournament four times in the last five seasons, but haven’t reached the second weekend. Twice, they’ve been knocked out of the bracket in the Round of 32 when seeded No. 2. Last year, ’Nova lost to eventual national champion UConn in its second game.

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WATCH: Sixers’ K.J. McDaniels Throws Down Off-the-Backboard Dunk

The Sixers kept it close last night, but ultimately fell, 89-84, to the Golden State Warriors. This is no shame. The Warriors are the best team in the NBA, 41-9 after last night’s win, and averaging almost 101 points a game.

But the highlight of the game came in the first quarter, when Sixers rookie K.J. McDaniels tossed a pass off the backboard to himself and threw down a one-handed jab. This is quite possibly the dunk of the year.

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Patrick Bertoletti Defeats Molly Schuyler, Sets Record to Win Wing Bowl 23

Jon Dorenbos. Photo | Dan McQuade

Jon Dorenbos. Photo | Dan McQuade

You’ve heard quite a bit from us about Wing Bowl this year. Is it time to end it? Won’t somebody think of the chickens?  Mick Foley will be there!

And now it’s here. Just like last year, our writer-at-large Dan McQuade is on the scene. He’s commandeered the Philly Mag Twitter account and will be live-tweeting the the atrocities at Wing Bowl 23. Follow along as he documents the floats, the spectacle, the gluttony and the unspeakably fowl carnage.

Dan McQuade’s Twitter coverage after the jump »

All You Guys Shut Up About Tom Brady’s Balls Already

NFL: Divisional Round-Baltimore Ravens at New England Patriots

So, have you noticed that in the past week or so, there’s been a whole lot of talk about balls? (Well, a few people might have been talking snow bombs.) Everywhere you turn, some man is bringing up balls. The Atlantic wants to tell you how the New England Patriots treat their balls. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady doesn’t want anybody rubbing his balls. Patriots coach Bill Belichick says he’s handled dozens of balls. That’s too much information, man! Read more »

The 2004 Eagles’ Super Bowl Starters, Then and Now

Photos | Philadelphia Eagles

Photos | Philadelphia Eagles

It seems like only yesterday. But it has been nearly 10 years since February 6th, 2005 — the last time the Philadelphia Eagles appeared in the Super Bowl.

That season was a magical one for Eagles fans, with the team winning its first seven games en route to a 13-1 start. Donovan McNabb instantly clicked with new wide receiver Terrell Owens. Safety Brian Dawkins and newly acquired defensive end Jevon Kearse terrorized opposing offenses. Jeremiah Trotter returned from two years in exile — Washington — to reclaim his starting middle-linebacker spot. It was a dream.

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Who Will Sanction the NCAA in Wake of Penn State?

The NCAA, the organization that’s normally as inflexible as a PVC pipe, gave it up last week.

So what if part of the settlement of a filed court case was that it didn’t do anything wrong. Smart people know what was at work here: that even with the wrongdoing at Penn State, this NCAA revealed itself as a lying, cheating, and oft-incompetent organization infatuated with a beer-muscle bully pulpit. And they did it all under the guise of “protecting” college athletics. In many ways, it is the married preacher who teaches you the wonders of God, but after the sermon sneaks behind the altar to bang the church secretary.

So the Penn State football program got its 112 wins restored (taken away in the original “consent” decree), while Joe Paterno got re-credited with his 111, to become once again the all-time winningest college football coach, and the $60 million fine on PSU was fine-tuned to help child abuse programs only within the state of Pennsylvania.

Penn State nation celebrated this development, which I found somewhat peculiar. Joe Paterno may have been wronged in the manner with which he was fired as football coach, and his character may have been besmirched. But I think we go too far when we make Paterno a victim. This was a dark chapter of Penn State’s history that isn’t going to be wiped away by smearing the campus with Paterno’s total win number of 409. When we do that, we cheat the kids who were the true victims of Jerry Sandusky’s heinous child abuse.

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